Food, Rx Among Wal-Mart's Best Departments in 1Q

Food and pharmacy sales gains at Wal-Mart Stores helped compensate to some degree for weakness in apparel, home goods and hardlines in the first fiscal quarter that ended April 30, the company said. While overall comparable-store sales, excluding fuel, were up 0.6% during the quarter, comps at Wal-Mart Stores, encompassing supercenters and discount stores, dropped 0.1%, offset

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Food and pharmacy sales gains at Wal-Mart Stores here helped compensate to some degree for weakness in apparel, home goods and hardlines in the first fiscal quarter that ended April 30, the company said.

While overall comparable-store sales, excluding fuel, were up 0.6% during the quarter, comps at Wal-Mart Stores, encompassing supercenters and discount stores, dropped 0.1%, offset by comp gains of 4.7% at Sam's Clubs.

According to Eduardo Castro-Wri

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